Other Good Stuff
October 4-November 16 – A Doll’s House, Part 1 at the Vortex Theater in Albuquerque. Written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, A Doll's House became a foundational work of modern feminism when Nora Helmer slammed the door on her husband and children in order to find herself. The story of a happy bourgeois marriage that comes apart when its truths are revealed, the play is also among the earliest realistic masterpieces of the modern theatre. This production is set in America during the early 1920s. Playing in revolving repertory with A Doll's House, Part 2. Click here for tickets.
October 4-November 17 – A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Vortex Theater in Albuquerque. Fifteen years ago, 27-year-old Nora Helmer left her husband, her children, and her home. What becomes of her? This sequel takes up the story 15 years later when she returns to ask Torvald for a divorce. Written by Lucas Hnath, this sequel is full of twists and turns, powerful and highly entertaining. Click here for information and tickets.
October 11-November 3 – Mamma Mia performing at the Albuquerque Little Theater. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Pure, unadulterated joy that will have you dancing in the aisles! Click here for information and tickets.
October 11-November 3 – Zombie Attack at the Aux Dog Theatre in Albuquerque. The NM premier of the longest running show in Los Angeles. Click here for information and tickets.
October 20, 25, 27 – Ali Baba at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theatre in Albuquerque. With a libretto based on “Alì Babà and the Forty Thieves,” the well-known story from One Thousand and One Nights, Alì Babà, was composed by Giovanni Bottesini, an Italian composer and double bass virtuoso, known as the “Paganini of the bass.” The opera was premiered in 1871 in London, receiving considerable acclaim and numerous performances. However, later the score was lost and the opera has not been heard in well over a century. Click here for information and tickets.
October 22, Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm – Maestro Anthony Barrese: Restoring Ali Baba at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club. Opera Southwest’s upcoming production of Ali Baba is creating quite a stir. In fact, Opera Wire listed it as the #1 must-see event in North American opera houses this fall. The work by Bottesini premiered to great acclaim in London in 1871, but then fell into obscurity. Come and hear the Artistic Director of Opera Southwest, Maestro Anthony Barrese, talk about how he has painstakingly reconstructed the score and libretto from the composer’s original manuscript. This talk is free for members of the Santa Fe Opera Guild. $10 for non-members. Click here to register for the event.
October 25-November 2 – The Addams Family by the Los Alamos Light Opera at the Duane Smit Auditorium in Los Alamos. A host of talented singers and dancers portraying Addams Ancestors will join the cast on stage to bring this ookey and spooky musical to life this fall. Click here for information and tickets.
October 26, Saturday, 11am – The Met: Live in HD – Manon at the Lensic. Click here for information and tickets.
October 26, Saturday, 6pm – Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun at the Lensic. This is the first commissioned work created under the auspices of Opera for All Voices, a consortium of North American opera companies committed to co-commissioning and co-producing new operatic works for audiences of all ages that bear the same artistic integrity and depth of storytelling as mainstage works. Per santafeopera.org, this work defies a traditional synopsis and is described by the composer/librettist team as: “A celebrated Artist takes the stage to perform, and is alarmed to find that an opera is about to start in the same space. Before the mix-up can be sorted out, the opera begins. The dismayed Artist watches and reacts as the opera unfolds.” Renowned beatboxer and YouTube sensation Nicole Paris appears as a special guest artist in her Santa Fe Opera debut. Writes composer Augusta Read Thomas, “In the opera, Nicole, the special guest artist, beatboxes and sings. The other vocalists sing and, from time to time, develop a wide variety of vocalizations akin to beatboxing. As such, the opera organically unfolds a sound world where different musical traditions crisscross and are deeply integrated. I see opera as embracing diverse musical traditions, artists and audience members.” Click here for information and tickets.
October 28, Monday, 7pm – National Theatre Live in HD: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lensic. A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations, with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Click here for information and tickets.
October 30, Wednesday, 7pm – Lannan Readings & Conversations: Deborah Levy and John Freeman at the Lensic. Levy is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company and broadcast on the BBC. Freemanis the author of How to Read a Novelist and The Tyranny of Email: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review. In 2015 he launched Freeman's, a literary journal featuring new work by celebrated writers. Click here for information and tickets.
November 1, 8, 15, Fridays, 1-5pm, Renesan Class– The ABCs of Opera: Aida, The Barber of Seville, and Carmen at Teatro Paraguas. Opera is the ultimate performing art—there’s drama (or comedy), beautiful music, fabulous singing, and spectacular sets and costumes. Explore this world with three of the most beloved pieces of all time: Aida, The Barber of Seville, and Carmen. Each session screens one full-length opera, preceded by a brief lecture about the piece, and followed by an opportunity for discussion. Course participants will be sent a synopsis of the plot of each opera prior to the screenings. Click here to register.
November 9, Saturday, 11am – The Met: Live in HD – Madama Butterfly at the Lensic. Click here for information and tickets.
November 17, Sunday, 7 pm – Tig Notaro at the Lensic. Notaro is a groundbreaking stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director originally from Mississippi. Hailed for her effortless storytelling and fearless stage presence, her subject matter ranges from the delightfully absurd to the monumentally serious. Rolling Stone recently named Tig “one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.” Click here for tickets and information.
November 19, Tuesday, 7pm – National Theatre Live in HD: Hansard at the Lensic. Hansard (noun): The official report of all parliamentary debates. See two-time Olivier Award winners Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class. Click here for information and tickets.
November 23, Saturday, 11am – The Met: Live in HD – Akhnaten at the Lensic. Click here for information and tickets.
November 29-December 1 – Wise Fool’s Circus Luminous at the Lensic. An annual Thanksgiving tradition - this extravaganza of contemporary professional circus features awe-inspiring feats of grace and wonder set to original live music! Click here for information and tickets.
December 6-20 – Almost, Maine at the Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque. A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani's Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost—not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness—experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Click here for information and tickets.
December 17, Tuesday, 7pm – National Theatre Live in HD: Present Laughter at the Lensic. Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colorful life is in danger of spiraling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic, and soul-searching. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire, and loneliness. Click here for information and tickets.
December 28-29 – Wise Fool’s Winter Circus Cabaret at the Wise Fool Studio & Performance Space. Join Wise Fool teachers, students, and community members as they wrap up the year circus style with fun for the whole family! Click here for information.